Review: Bossman by Vi Keeland

Bossman

Bossman
Author: Vi Keeland
Publisher: Vi Keeland
Published: July 16, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

4 stars

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From New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland, comes a sexy newstandalone novel.

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

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“I couldn’t remember ever wanting another man as badly as I wanted Chase. For a while, I’d thought it was because he was my boss– that exciting feeling of being tempted by the forbidden. But I knew it was more than that. So much more, it scared the hell out of me. “

Chase Parker is so delicious. I mean, Bossman. The story. :p

It’s my second time to read a Vi Keeland book and I must say this was better than the first book I’ve read which was The Baller: A Down and Dirty Football Novel. I needed a fun, flirty, and light NA read and reading some glowing 5-star reviews from my friends, I was totally sold and I considered it as an immediate read. It didn’t fail. The book was what I was really looking for.

Bossman started off when Reese Annesley had an encounter with Chase Parker at a restaurant where she’s meeting her date, Martin. Chase overheard her sending a voicemail to her friend, complaining about her boring date. A few minutes later, she was shocked when Chase joined her table and basically crashed her date by making up stories about their “childhood”. Lol. Now few weeks later, they met again and she eventually learned that Chase is in fact, an owner of a wax company where’s she’s about to start her new work.

What made me love this book? It was for the sole reason that I enjoyed everything that happened here. Chase was so adorable and sexy and his made-up stories just cracked me up. Reese, on the other hand, was a likeable heroine. Despite her issues about her past, she didn’t have annoying dramas which made it easy for me to like her. I loved that the majority of this book focused more on the flirty side rather than the emotional one. I’ve been reading sad books lately and I can’t take another heartbreak for now. So this was indeed a book where you can expect yourself to be laughing out loud because of the humor and the sexy interactions shared by the characters.

There was of course, a huge thing that happened in the later part of this book. Some sort of twist that kind of deviated the story into a heart-breaking one. But it was a good thing since it gave the story a depth and it made me appreciate the characters more because of how they handled the situation and managed to overcome it. I was also able to see the broken, different side of Chase, although it shattered my heart into pieces.

The best part of the book was the ending. I loved it! It left a smile on my face and it simply made me happy. As a whole, this book was fun and enjoyable, with oozing sexiness all over the place. Chase is such a perfect Bossman! I highly recommend this book if you love smexy office romance and friends-to-lovers tropes with a tiny bit of drama.

“You’re fired,” he groaned as he buried his face in my hair. “So fucking fired.”

(I’ve read this book for the #NALitLoversPH #NewAdultAndBeyondPH readalong)

Rating:

4 stars

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Review: One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters

One Day Soon (One Day Soon, #1)

One Day Soon
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Publisher: A. Meredith Walters
Published: February 18, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

4

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He found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

He ran away.
I tried to move on.

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

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“We loved each other. And in the ugly world we inhabited, it was a light we had clung to.”

(I’ve read this book for the #NALitLoversPH #NewAdultAndBeyondPH readalong)

I’ve been devouring romance books with heavy contents and depressing themes lately and it kind of affects my personal thoughts and emotions– to the point where I find myself gross-sobbing alone. Lol. Anyways, I think these books are real gems despite the pain that they cause in our hearts because they simply make us FEEL. Reflect. And learn a lot of lessons.

One Day Soon opened up my box of emotions and stole it all. A story that centers around two characters Imogen “Imi” Conner and Yossarian “Yoss” Frazier, it tackles sensitive issues about homelessness, sexuality, child abuse, and more.

I couldn’t say reading this book was a pleasant experience because almost everything that happened here was sad. Yoss and Imi’s childhood experiences were too horrible to imagine. But I am so glad that these characters found their way to healing when they met 15 years later after the most terrible situation hit them.

Don’t want to spoil you by giving away too much about the story, but this book, as a whole, was a cry-worthy book, heavy with the angst, and beautifully written. This was my first A. Meredith Walters read and I could say that she’s brilliant in this genre. I find her poetic writing comforting and more than soothing to the soul.

I have a slight issue though. The ending was a bit blurry and I don’t know what really happened or how the book really concluded. Was it a sad or a happy ending? I guess the author just wants the reader to really dig deeper and think about it countless times. Either way, I’m sticking to a happy ending. That’s how I want all the stories to end, anyways. 🙂

“Because one day soon, I promise you that all this ugly will become something beautiful.”

Rating:

4

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You can read reviews of this book from my bookish sisters from #NALitLoversPH #NewAdultAndBeyondPH Book Club here:

Rechellyn’s review

Kat’s review

Claire’s review

Bea’s review

Allie’s review

Jam’s review

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REVIEW: After the Bridge by Cassandra Clare

After the Bridge (The Infernal Devices #3.1)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3.1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

4 Stars

Short Story about Tessa, Jem and what happened after that meeting at Blackfriar’s Bridge at the Epilogue of Clockwork Princess.

MY THOUGHTS…

Thank you Carol and Sandy for introducing this to me! xoxoxo

I won’t be making this review long because it will spoil those who haven’t yet read the final book of The Infernal Devices.

So here’s my opinion…

This short story is somewhat a continuation to what happened during the epilogue of the Clockwork Princess. I have to say that  this one is satisfying, though it’s not at all necessary (for me) because I am quite satisfied with the Clockwork Princess’ ending. But because I was still hangover with the book, I didn’t hesitate to read this short story because I was too curious and I think I can’t sit still without finding out more about the characters.

The short story did not disappoint me as it entertained me and well, made me feel in love all over again. Still, I don’t know how to move on with this series. Ugh. It’s hard, you know.

So if you guys have already read the Clockwork Princess, you might as well proceed with this short story after reading the book, to extend the feels. 😀

(NOTE: Don’t read this short story if you haven’t completed The Infernal Devices series yet. Okay?) 😀

Rating: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Clockwork Angel
(The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry
Published: March 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

five-stars

Tessa Gray should be happy—aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

MY THOUGHTS…

When two people are at one in their inmost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.

I still could not move on right now. I was speechless and numb for quite a few minutes after reading this. Anyone of you who feels the same after reading a series-ender that is so epic and memorable you can hardly think straight? Ugh.

Clockwork Princess surprised me. And Cassandra Clare continues to surprise me to no end! I did not expect to love this series because honestly, Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince did not mean much to me at first because I found them quite dull but then— my feelings suddenly shifted after reading Clockwork Princess. I love it already! I love the whole series and the beautiful characters and the Shadowhunter world that it pains me to know that it already ended. 😦

And it’s so hard right now. Everything is heartbreakingly beautiful! I love how Cassie completed the series, no matter what happened in the end. Still. The Infernal Devices is so great!

Aarrgh! I know I’m not making any sense anymore, but I need a moment to recover from my book hangover. Like right now. :’-D

Ratings: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility

The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: June 4, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

MY THOUGHTS…

Josh is my escape. He’s my hiding place.

Beautiful, extraordinary, emotionally-driven, and just the right kind of book that can make you cry and laugh and swoon at the same time.

The Sea of Tranquility is perfectly well-written. I am so surprised to find out that it’s Katja Millay’s first and only book so far. Clearly, this book is not a work of a novice. It’s an amateur’s masterpiece. I am so hoping that this author will work for another novel again because I need more of her writing style!

This book took me by surprise because I did not expect it to be this good. The way she creates characters that are broken make me feel awed. More so when these characters eventually took a step towards healing and found their way to each other.

*Sigh*

This book. It’s going to be hard for me to forget this. Everything is just so remarkably beautiful! I enjoyed every page of it (which explains why it took me days to finish it). I love reading some of its beautiful lines over and over. Can’t help it. 😉

My Ratings for this Book: 5 Stars in a Sea of Tranquility!

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REVIEW: Lovely Vicious by Sara Wolf

Lovely Vicious (Lovely Vicious, #1)

Lovely Vicious
(Lovely Vicious #1)
Author: Sara Wolf
Published: November 4, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

1star

Fire meets ice. Love meets hate.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to the Buttcrack-of-Nowhere Ohio to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing – Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.

The game board: East Summit High.

The reward: Something neither of them expected.

**This book contains language, some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers.

**This is the first book in the LOVELY VICIOUS series.

 

MY THOUGHTS…

DNF at 46%.

I’m so sorry, guys. And I’m so sorry, AJ, my friend, who recommended this to me. :((

It’s just that… I really, really wanted to like this. But I just can’t. I mean, I’m not the type of reader who does this DNF-ing thing, but I was forced because I can’t tolerate the immaturity of this book. Yes, there was a ton of it and it was getting annoying every single second and it was already getting on my nerves to the point that I could no longer take it.

When I first met Isis at the beginning chapter, I thought she was cool, funny, and brave– a little sarcastic and snarky but tolerable, but as the story progressed, I realized she’s difficult to like and get along with. She was no longer making any sense and she kept on whining about how bad she looks and how fat she was and how shaken she was when she was ditched by her ex and how insecure she is every time she encounters her chic school mates. Ugh! Isis is one of those characters that really pull the bitch out of me and make me roll my eyes every time.

Jack, on the other hand, is– I dunno. He’s a likeable character but definitely not the one who could be labeled as a book boyfriend. He’s always too passive and I think his character development is so poor I could not really connect with him.

At some point I was trying to convince myself to continue it and read it up to the very final chapter to find out how it ends. I’ve read from reviews that it has a cliffhanger ending and I love cliffhangers because they’re challenging but I no longer have the interest to continue.

So yeah, this book unfortunately did not get me. Again, I’m sorry especially for the guys who loved this book. I really am. 😦

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REVIEW: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

Easy
(Contours of the Heart #1)
Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
Published: November 6, 2012
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:

threestars

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night – but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

MY THOUGHTS…

“Choosing to be with you isn’t a difficult decision. It’s easy. Incredibly easy.”

I hate it when I don’t like a book that everyone else loves because it does make me feel like I’m reading the wrong book. This book, in the first place, got my attention because of its interesting blurb and I have to say that unfortunately, I was a bit deceived. The premise is kinda misleading and it actually made me expect a bit of heavy drama over there. It turned out to be some sort of an “easy” book because halfway through it the characters just made a sensitive situation light and easy. And other characters were just talking nonsense that it feels like I’m just wasting my time.

This book, sadly, did not meet my high expectations. There was romance– actually there were a lot of steamy, romantic interactions between Jacqueline and Lucas but it seems as though it lacks something. The chemistry? The connection? Because I couldn’t really connect with them and I found it hard to ship them together.

I also did have a difficult time getting into the author’s writing style. There were things that are written that confuse me. Anyway, this book honestly has a great potential. It just did not get me. I was prepared to rate it 2 stars, but the satisfying ending made me rate it higher because after all, Tammara did not leave a cliffhanger ending. That’s it. 🙂

My Ratings for this Book: 3 Stars

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REVIEW: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
(The Coincidence #1)
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Sphere
Published: August 8, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

From the bestselling author of The Secret of Ella and Micha comes a mesmerizing novel of fate, friendship, and the healing power of love . . .

For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck-and his life-might finally end . . . until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved . . .

MY THOUGHTS…

Callie saved me that night from a fight that would have probably left me dead, but she also saved me from myself. Before her, I was dying inside; there was nothing in my heart, but an empty hole.

This is without a doubt, one of the best New Adult – Contemporary books I’ve had so far. I love everything in The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden! It’s one of those books that have everything you want in a contemporary read that will leave you feeling awed. It’s just *sigh* perfect!

If you want to read something that has to do with dark past and secrets with a bit of heavy drama and a sizzling romance, then this book is for you. I love how Jessica Sorensen evoked such deep emotions in me when I least expected it. The characters– Kayden and Callie are one of the amazing characters I’ve met. The chemistry is seriously visible. And I love the fact that each time they interact, you can really feel the sexual tension between them.

And let me tell you that the very first moment you’ll meet the characters, you’ll instantly feel the connection. They’re two troubled, f*cked up characters with emotional wounds that will really tug your heart. And oh, the romance is good. Every freaking kissing and make-out details of Callie and Kayden is emotional and moving you will basically find yourself hanging on to every word the author writes.

After reading the book, I had a very huge desire to find the second installment and grab another bite ‘coz ugh, it feels not enough. The ending is a total cliffhanger (though I really don’t mind). 🙂

As a whole, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is totally a must-read.

“In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.”

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday (Maybe, #1)

Maybe Someday
(Maybe #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: March 18, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

fourstars

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback.

MY THOUGHTS…

“People don’t get to choose who they fall in love with. They only get to choose who they stay in love with.”

It was nice to read another Colleen Hoover book. It’s my second CoHo read after Ugly Love. I have to say that this book is another well-done by Colleen. Its concept is beautiful and unique, with extraordinary and talented characters that make everything totally interesting and original.

What’s great about this book is the lovey-dovey and butterly feels it gives to the readers. I found myself grinning from ear to ear at one point because it’s really a feel-good book.

The songs (which I’ve downloaded) are really nice and they really fit the story. You can basically feel the emotions behind those songs. Hooray to Griffin Peterson for coming up with such a great soundtrack!

The book should be perfect for me, if only the love triangle thing is not too heavy. On the other hand, I also noticed that it has a strong start and I found myself enjoying it but eventually there were situations which became quite off for me. But as a whole, it’s an awesome and swoon-worthy book. 🙂 I recommend this to everyone!

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

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REVIEW: The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)

The Retribution of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #3)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: November 4, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
My Rating:

five-stars

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.
Retribution has arrived.

MY THOUGHTS…

Most people are like sand, the impact of their lives washed away by years. They cause no lasting damage, no lasting benefit. You are not most people. You are like fire; you will burn wherever you go. If you contained, channeled, you can bring light, but you will also always cast a shadow.

What a very wonderful way to end a series! The Retribution of Mara is (*sigh*) just too perfect for a conclusion. I’ve never been so satisfied, so happy, so amazed. The whole book conveys a lot of twists and turns and it’s unstoppably thrilling you just want to not put it down!

How can I say this– Noah is too good and Mara keeps on freaking me out! This couple– they just simply belong to each other. I love the way they’re very attached to each other. Seriously, they’re becoming one of the book couples that are unforgettable.

You can be seen and not be loved, or loved and not seen. Noah loved me, and saw me. But more than that, he chose me.

This book just keeps on getting better and better in every chapter. There are a lot of revelations and the way Michelle Hodkin unsealed the secrets bit by bit is stunning. It’s pure art! It’s lovely and it’s way emotional and yes, it’s flawless. It’s not hurriedly done just to complete a series. Very exceptional!

I did have fun reading this book. No dull moments and definitely worth every second of your time. You guys should not miss this!

My Rating: 5 Stars! (Once again, I’d like to rate it 10 because it’s just simply amazing!)

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REVIEW: The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #2)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: October 29, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
My Rating:

five-stars

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

MY THOUGHTS…

“You have me. You inhabit me.”

If I could rate it with 10 stars, I would! The sequel is just too wonderful I could not gasp for any other word to describe it! Once again, after The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I was awed. This second book of the Mara Dyer series had me in a roller coaster feels!

The intrigue continues as Mara Dyer and Noah Shaw try to figure out about their unusual abilities but everything that happened here is all f*cked up– in an all-consuming way. I’ve never been more curious, surprised, emotional, and carried away by a thriller book and this book just made it possible for me to feel all those emotions.

This book becomes more intense, more revealing, and more intriguing that it drew me and totally held my interest all throughout. Michelle Hodkin, oh boy, I’m already a fan! Her writing style is what every reader looks for in a mysterious book. She makes it really, really creepy that you just want to stay put and anticipate what’s going to happen next.

What I also love about this book is the romance between Noah and Mara. Aaah what can I say? This couple is perfect and I greatly admire the way they stood up for each other no matter how distressing the situation was for them. But their connection, their deep attachment, and trust– they’re simply one of the couples that you can’t basically resist!

The plot is resilient, and I’m no longer surprised since this book gathers high ratings in goodreads. Every chapter brings so much thrill will bring you dread and anxiety. This book totally buys me!

“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If I were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars (In my heart, it’s actually 10 Stars) 😉

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REVIEW: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
(Mara Dyer #1)
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: October 23, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Mystery
My Rating:

five-stars

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

MY THOUGHTS…

I was a poison, and Noah was the drug that would make me forget it.

Holy smokes! What was that??! This book is absolutely surreal! The intrigue can really draw a reader in, as what Cassandra Clare testified in the cover. I love it! I love Noah Shaw and Mara Dyer and the mystery that this book is exuding.

I did have fun reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. It’s a kind of a paranormal thriller that makes you feel shaky inside. It’s absolutely creepy and suspenseful. What I really thought about this book is that it’s a certified page-turner! The way it intrigues you all throughout is outstanding. I even found myself raising a lot of questions as I read it because there are a lot of unclear things that just need to be answered.

The plot is irresistibly amazing. (Not  to mention that Noah Shaw is so damn hot. Yay!) No dull moments in this book to be honest. I love Michelle Hodkin’s writing style. She has that ability to convince you not to put the book down! Aaaah what more can I say? This book is really interesting and I highly recommend you guys to start reading this if you haven’t yet. 😀

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

Isla and the Happily Ever After
(Anna and the French Kiss #3)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton
Published: August 14, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

fourstars

Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

MY THOUGHTS…

Isla and the Happily After is a cute-read. This final book of Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss series is actually swoon-worthy and unforgettable.

First of all, I love Josh since Anna and the French Kiss and I really anticipated his story with Isla. When I finally got a taste of this book, I can’t help but swoon over him. He’s a unique character and definitely a book boyfriend material.

I love the whole plot itself and the way Stephanie included other cities as settings. It’s actually way too romantic! Perhaps the only drawback for me was the overly protective parents and school staff around them. I guess it was too much for them. Why can’t the people around them just let the young couple have fun for a little while? Lol.

Anyway, this book is a lot of feels! Isla and Josh are definitely a couple that has a chemistry. The story also talks about the importance of friendship and family. As a whole, it’s a sweet, teeny, captivating young adult romantic book! 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 4 Stars

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One Lovely Blog Award

one lovely

Yay! It feels so good to be nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. Thanks to the beautiful and amazing book blogger Alexis of CheckMyBooks! I really didn’t expect to have my blog get noticed but I felt so happy and honored nevertheless. 🙂

After receiving this award, I was tasked to do some things, which include posting these rules:

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 5-15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Now here are the seven facts about myself:

1. I am 100% Filipina. Born and raised in the Philippines.

2. Apart from reading, I’m very inclined to music. I sing on weddings and I also joined singing competitions when I was a kid.

3. I am a nurse by profession.

4. I am a beach babe but I don’t know how to swim.

5. I eat anything pasta. This type of food is my absolute favorite!

6. I am near-sighted. As much as I hate it, I always wear glasses which I started doing two years ago.

7. I am (unfortunately) single at the moment. Lol! 😀

Now I’m nominating these lovely blogs:

  1. Stephanie’s Book Reviews
  2. Joys of a Bookworm
  3. For the Love of the Page
  4. Bookish Things and Tea
  5. The Story of My Life
  6. Crazy in Louisiana
  7. Me, My Thoughts. and I

(If you guys are nominated, feel free to do the same.) 🙂

xo

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REVIEW: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

If I Stay
(If  I Stay #1)
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Speak
Published: April 6, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, and the forthcoming I Was Here.

On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

MY THOUGHTS…

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

This book is brilliantly done. Normally I don’t expect myself to get caught up in tragedy stories but this one is an exemption. I was greatly enthralled by Gayle Forman’s writing style. It’s well-written and it’s too emotional you definitely have to read the lines all over again because they simply hit you.

The plot was short but sweet. I love the flashback kind of writing and it very well made me feel driven to the story. Mia is a likable character and I can very well connect with her most of the time.

For me, it’s an amazing, beautiful, and unforgettable book. It teaches life lessons about family, career choices, and relationships. It’s one of the books that really make a lot of sense. All in all, If I Stay is simply a must-read!

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: August 5, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

MY THOUGHTS…

“God gives us ugliness so we don’t take beautiful things in life for granted.”

So this is my first Colleen Hoover read and I’m so glad I’ve picked this book up because it’s certainly one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life. I love it love it love it! Actually, I expected this book to be great because of its high ratings and positive remarks from my friends, but I didn’t expect it to be this really, really, great!

Ugly Love is not just an ordinary kind of new adult and contemporary book. It’s something else. It’s more than just beautiful to even explain in actual words. It’s a story that depicts love, sadness, heartache, and hope. If you want a heavy drama and some sexy read, this is the type that will suit your interest. It has all the chemistry of a romance novel that absolutely hook up!

I have to say there was never a dull moment throughout the book. It kept me longing for the answers that lie behind Miles’ past and when I finally got them, I was shocked and broken-hearted and it feels like I’m shattering to pieces. This just made me cry to bits!

“If a man lived through the ugliest side of love, he might never want to experience it again.”

What I also love about the book is Miles’ enthusiastic narration of his past. It’s poetic and dramatic and I love it. Colleen Hoover’s writing style amazes me to no end!

And yes, the unpredictable plot and ending– really impressive! Why didn’t I read this very soon? Anyway, this book is unforgettable and brilliantly done. I highly recommend this to every contemporary readers. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 5 Beautiful-and-not-ugly-stars!

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REVIEW: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door
(Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Published: July 9, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

2star

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the negihborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

MY THOUGHTS…

Nope. Not really liking it. I’m so sorry guys… 😦 Yes, it’s funny and entertaining but nope. I actually expected too much from this book because I really love Anna and the French Kiss, but Lola… I don’t know if it’s me or anything but I couldn’t connect with Lola’s character.

I get it that she wants to be different that’s why she chooses to wear out-of-the-ordinary costumes but I think it kind of disturbs me. I also don’t like the way she acts immature most of the time. And there’s this self-centered attitude of hers that did not also sit well on me. Also, I hate the way she overreacts to anything. And she cries a lot, too, which annoys me.

Cricket– this guy is a promising character, yet I didn’t find myself swooning over him. The good thing about him is that he’s too good and perfect– way too good for Lola to the point that I pity him most of the time because he’s always there for her, chasing after her, and almost crying his feelings out loud for her, but Lola continues to get confused even if her boyfie is clearly a bad influence.

I know most of you really love Lola and the Boy Next Door, but for me, it’s kind of overrated, I guess. There are things that are cliché and unrealistic. The plot is also predictable and I think there aren’t any interesting scenes that made me totally swoon– which are the things that I’m really expecting in a contemporary book. But as a whole, it’s an entertaining read. Not as good as Anna and the french Kiss, though.

My Rating for this book: 2 Stars

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REVIEW: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna and the French Kiss
(Anna and the French Kiss #1)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Published: July 6, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

MY THOUGHTS…

For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person.

This book is a thoroughly engaging and captivating read. It’s a beautiful, laughing, loving, book– as beautiful as Paris itself. As a person who still haven’t gone to Paris, I feel as though I’m in that beautiful city just by going through the pages.

It’s quite amazing how I found myself really engaged with the book. It’s a page-turner! It’s brilliantly done and completely entertaining. And the characters– wow! It’s rare for me to encounter characters that are literally not perfect. I mean, physically and emotionally. Both Anna Oliphant and Étienne St. Clair are not that perfect and it just makes everything realistic. And that’s what I love about this book. They also have the chemistry that makes me swoon to bits!

He is no longer St. Clair, everyone’s pal, everyone’s friend. He is Étienne. Étienne, like the night we met. He is Étienne; he is my friend. He is so much more.

The plotline is good and there are lots of swoon-worthy moments between Anna and Étienne. I love how their relationship eventually progressed throughout the book. Their love story is ugh– something you can dream about forever. It’s a teeny love story but it’s really romantic in a real sense. Plus, it teaches life lessons that relate to family life and friendship.

After reading the book, I found myself daydreaming. I guess I’m still in a book hangover mode. 🙂

My Rating for this book: 5 Amazing Stars!

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REVIEW: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

Clockwork Prince
(The Infernal Devices #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Published: December 6, 2011
Genre: Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
My Rating:

threestars

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do?

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

MY THOUGHTS…

Without Tessa there is nothing for me– no joy, no light, no life.

My heart is beating sad notes in my chest with this book. I couldn’t help but sigh! This sequel is a mixture of heartache, hope and happiness. The ultimate highlight of all is the love triangle which gave tickle to my heart. However, it broke me afterwards. 😦

When it comes to the plotline of this book, it’s impressively well-written. The lines are deep, emotional, and beautiful. But then, I guess the whole thing is way too long and nothing exciting seems to really happen. And though there are some revelations, for me it’s not quite enough. The pacing is also a bit slow.

I didn’t lose any interest in continuing this book, though, ‘coz I really wanted to find out more about Will, Jem, and Tessa. 🙂 Anyways, looking forward to read the final book asap. 🙂

My Rating: 3 Stars

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REVIEW: Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy

Ruthless People (Ruthless People, #1)

Ruthless People
(Ruthless People #1)
Author: J.J. McAvoy
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop
Published: July 17, 2014
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Erotica
My Rating:

five-stars

“Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos…”

To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. She knows exactly what type of man he is, and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life building.

The Mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way.

1 Marriage x 2 Bosses = 3x the Chaos

*Warning: Due to bad language, graphic violence and sex this is for over-18’s only* These are not mobsters with a heart of gold….

They do VERY bad things and will NOT change.
They are criminals…murders.

If things like that bother you Ruthless People is not for you. You’ve been warned 😉

MY THOUGHTS…

This. Is. Such. A. Freaking. Amazing. Book!

I know this may not sit well on other people because well, Ruthless People is a badass, downright violence-themed book and apparently, as what the author said in the blurb, the main characters are criminals and murderers and they do not change. So if you are against thieves, killers, drug dealers and such things (We all are against it anyway), and if you are under 18, and if you think you can’t handle the morbid, freakin’ cruel scenes that are really going to happen here, don’t read.

Anyway, I admit I was really intrigued just by reading it’s blurb and so I didn’t hesitate to read it.

Ruthless People talks about two main characters namely Liam Alec Callahan, son of Irish Mafia leader Sedric Callahan, and Melody Nicci Giovanni, daughter of Italian Mafia leader Orlando Giovanni. When Liam and Melody were forced by their parents to be wedded (yes, arranged marriages still happen), they did not defy what’s bound to happen and just accepted the marriage laid on their hands for the sake of merging and continuing their empires. Little did they know that things are really going to be different. Both of them have the same fire, brutality, and the desire to kill without hesitation and rule the Mafia world. Now how will marriage succeed when the two are manipulative and are obviously hungry for the same dangerous thing?

I may be pretty. I may be young, but I was a Giovanni. Giovannis were– and always would be– beautiful, but lethal when crossed.

He was known as the “Boogeyman of the East”, and I was the unknown “Wicked Witch of the West”.

She looks like a sweet little lamb from afar, but when you get close, you find out she skinned and ate the damn thing just to use it as a coat. She’s a beast.

The thing about Ruthless People is that it’s different among the contemporary books I’ve read. It’s dark and brutally driven. But you wouldn’t miss the romance and erotic scenes here. In fact, the bed scenes are actually intense and beyond emotional, too. Please be warned though that there are dirty and bad languages here. (Not at all shocking since the characters are really badass!)

I hated him. I loathed him. I lusted after him.

What made me rate it 5 Stars is because it’s just BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. The writing style of the author is so flawless and compelling and really admirable. J.J McAvoy doesn’t bore her readers. She has funny lines and well, the characters she created– not just Liam and Melody, but the supporting characters as well, are totally intriguing in a f*cked up way.

Seriously, this book is purely violence, but I don’t know why I was really drawn. Perhaps it’s because of the fact that even though the characters are literally evil in every sense of a word, they are so human that their imperfect ways make them enthralling. And although Liam and Melody are both with the same attitude, they do have the chemistry. Their romance and deep emotions surprisingly swooned me.

Here I was standing naked in front of him, not only in body, but with my “sins” as well, and he didn’t care. He saw the deepest and dirtiest parts of my soul and mind but didn’t care. In fact, he wanted to stay in the darkness with me.

“I want you to love me. But if not, then I want it to be the closest thing to you to loving me. I want your loyalty. I want your honesty. I want you by my side and no one else’s. I want your body. I want your mind. I want to know your hopes and dreams so I could one day make them reality.”

“I. Am. All. You. Have. Just as you are all I have.”

Aahh! The lines here are really sweet I could just highlight the entire book! They are witty and wickedly full of sense. Some even talk about the harsh reality which is perfectly right and wrong at the same time.

“I do care about God, and I do believe in Him. However, I know why I was created. God needs me. What would happen if there weren’t people like me? If the world were perfect, if everything was the way you wished it to be, then why would you pray? God needs me, because without us, you forget about Him. He is on my side, not yours.”

All in all, Ruthless People is one helluvah book. It’s unique and original and it’s definitely a guilty-pleasure one. However, you need to realize in the end that the main characters’ aims and jobs, in reality, are not tolerable. This is purely fiction and yeah, an entertaining guilty-pleasure read. 😉

My rating: 5 Ruthless Stars!

Source: I received a digital copy of this book free from the author and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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